The Type 583a / M 178 Fire Control Post, Heerenduin, Ijmuiden; All photos: Jonathan Andrews
Wars end, but their legacies live on in, among other things, the structures that manage to escape destruction. These mostly include bunkers, which, because of their near invincibility and the plasticity their concrete forms imply, continue to captivate visitors with their strange auratic powers. The bunkers from the Second World War, in particular, have been the subject of numerous studies, most famously Paul Virilio’s “Bunker Anthology,” not to mention plenty of photographic essays.
Still, Jonathan Andrews’ portraits of the Atlantic Wall bunkers, which stretch from France to The Netherlands, cast the 70+ old structures in a whole new light. Andrews tracked down the bunkers using Google Maps in his grand pursuit of cataloging them. In Andrews’ images, each fortification is documented as the last light of day recedes, giving the works a ghostly, crepuscular presence. The Huffington Post, an Architizer A+ Awards media partner, has the full story, along with plenty more images, here.
The SK Observation Tower, Fliegerhorst, Hemiksem, Belgium
The Military Casemate Type 623, West of Koudekerke, The Netherlands
Pictured the R636 Fire Control Post, Lefrinckoucke / Zuydcoote
Pictured the Type 669 Heenschemolen Bunker, Heensche Molen
Pictured the Military Casemate Type 623, West of Koudekerke, The Netherlands